One of the best parts of living here on Planet Planning is that we are surrounded by amazingly talented, creative people all the time. Especially our photographers. For such a ‘small town’, Whistler is blessed with an incredible choice of photographic talent, and we would be hard pressed to choose a favourite because of the unique style that each photographer brings to their work.
Most photographers seem with time and experience to develop a ‘look’; a signature style which makes them instantly identifiable. This ‘look’ is quite apart from the fashions and popular styles which come and go in wedding photography. They can do those too, but when you look at thousands upon thousands of wedding images, as we do, you begin to recognize a thread, the unique and distinctive ‘look’ that each photographer has. Which is kind of cool.
We sat down with perennial favourite Pascale of Gadbois Photography for a Vendor Viewpoint chat.
Now, there are lots of things we love about Pascale and her work, but if we have to choose only two, we choose her sense of fun and whimsy, (helped by her adventurous go-for-it spirit which enables her to get the money-shot pretty much in any situation) and her ability to produce breathtaking, sumptuous close-ups of florals and jewellery. We wondered, do the two go hand-in-hand?
Show us images of brides and grooms skiing and riding and biking and canoeing in full wedding gear and we can be pretty sure those are Pascale’s.
Show us gorgeous zoom-in shots of beautiful blooms and bling and again we’ll say ‘ah yes, Pascale’.
And by the way our advice here is, when choosing a professional wedding photographer (a difficult task we know) study their work. Go away from it, and then come back and study it some more. Their ‘look’ will begin to emerge and be obvious to even the most amateur and untutored eye. Does it speak to you, appeal to your gut? Then you just made your choice.
Here’s what Pascale had to say.
1. PASCALE WE ALWAYS LOVE YOUR WORK, AND WE ESPECIALLY ADMIRE YOUR GORGEOUS CLOSE-UPS OF JEWELLERY, RINGS, AND FLORALS. IS THIS AN ASPECT OF YOUR WORK THAT YOU ESPECIALLY ENJOY?
It’s interesting when clients and vendors mention this to me as I never really set out to make my mark with detail shots. It is an extension of my couples, especially my bride’s vision and taste and so I put a lot of care into making sure her taste and her ideas are reflected in my photography. The details are also a beautiful way for me to get creative and push the limit of my camera and lens with refections, depth of field and colours. I have a lot of fun with them and use it to set the tone of the day to get my couples excited.
2. YOU ALWAYS BRING A SENSE OF FUN AND WHIMSY TO YOUR WEDDINGS. DO YOU BRING THIS SENSE OF FUN INTO YOUR CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHY?
I never though about it before but I guess I do! It’s a great way to make even the smallest details shine. It’s a also a great ice breaker on a wedding day. I challenge myself with setting the tone with some unusual artistic detail shots and it feeds me to keep on having that mindset for the rest of the wedding day with my couples.
3. DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR SEASONS, AS FAR AS PHOTOGRAPHY GOES? WINTER? SUMMER?
I truly don’t have a favourite, each season brings a uniqueness to my photography and to be honest each season also comes with some fun challenges, such as keeping my fingers moving on a cold mountain winter wedding or keeping my heels on during a hot summer celebration! Over the years it’s been so fun to immerse myself in each season. Right when you start feeling a bit saturated by a season, the next one arrives before you know it. I especially feel like Spring and Fall are a bit underrated at the moment and hold their own uniqueness with scenery and atmosphere. I will confess that it’s really hard to beat a Whistler Winter Wonderland Wedding!
4. WHAT GETS YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
It’s funny, a few years ago a good friend of mine asked me…How was I not finding wedding photography repetitive? I truly never did and now more then ever it makes me so proud to be able to help couples capture these beautiful memories. No couple is the same and it fascinates me to learn each of their unique stories. I find it so rewarding when couples share with me that with my help, they felt empowered and beautiful through my images. I mean come on, who gets to have that as feedback in their profession!
5. WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE COUPLES TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
In the midst of all the wedding decisions you will make, photography will be one of many. It is however, in my opinion both as a photographer and as someone that just celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary, the gift that will keep on giving. My hope for all of my couples is that no matter the year or decade in which they married, they will be able to reflect and look back at their images as a timeless reminder of the vows they made that day, and of how special they are to their partner. I hope my photographs reflect that magic.